Monday, May 4, 2015

Thai comes to Devil's Pocket

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 11:32 AM
What was Healthy Bites to Go, off Grays Ferry Avenue near Naval Square, is now a Thai BYOB. Thai Square (2521 Christian St., 215-454-6683) seems to be doing a Thai-d little business between takeout/delivery and its low-lit, six-table, 20-seat dining room. Chef-owner Viroj Chuaichu, working with his... Read more

New chef at Opa

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:28 PM
For the first time in its four years, Center City's modern Greek taverna Opa will have a Greek-American in the kitchen. George and Vasiliki Tsiouris just hired chef Bobby Saritsoglou, a veteran of Santucci's who also spent time cooking in Greece. He replaces James Wells, who left last summer. Wells... Read more

A Montreal-style pizza bagel that's not a bagel?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:34 AM
Everybody is getting into the pizza game these days. Spread Bagelry, the Montreal-style bagel shop near Rittenhouse Square, had all the ingredients - including a wood-burning brick oven and a tested dough recipe - for a riff on the time-honored pizza bagel. Rather than use a round shape, owner Larry... Read more

Joe's Steaks sets April 1 for opening in Fishtown

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:32 AM
Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop - the sandwichery formerly known as Chink's Steaks - has set April 1 as the opening date of its second location. For nearly a year now, it's been setting up in the former New Acropolis diner, on the corner of Girard and Frankford Avenues, near Johnny Brenda's, Sancho Pistola's... Read more

Smith & Wollensky on its way out

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:52 PM
Updated 3/9/15: Smith & Wollensky, the swank chain steakhouse in the Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square), will end its 15-year run this summer, and its prime space is up for grabs. The restaurant's last night of service will be July 18, according to staff members who were briefed on... Read more

Flight Market: Eagles and Food Trust team up with food trucks

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:35 PM
You've heard of Night Market - in which the Food Trust gathers food trucks in a particular neighborhood for an evening of cheap eats and drinks plus socialization. The Eagles and the Food Trust are hosting a variation called Flight Market - that's "Flight" as in, "Fly, Eagles, fly" (get it?) - at... Read more

Harvest opening in Moorestown Mall

Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:40 PM
Dave Magrogan will open the fifth location of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - at Moorestown Mall - on March 16. This location will be a biggie: 7,200 square feet, with 220 seats in its dining room, 50 seats in the bar, a 50-seat private dining room, plus 30 seats on an outside patio and at... Read more

Rite stuff: Archbishop helps choose a milkshake to benefit World Meeting of Families

Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:07 PM
Potbelly, the sandwich shop, is putting the whirled in the World Meeting of Families. Schoolchildren from St. Peter the Apostle School on Monday joined papal emissary Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia at the Center City location in choosing the flavor for a limited-edition shake. Fifty cents from each $3... Read more

Center City District's next restaurant week will be in August

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:57 AM
So much for the "fall" edition of Center City District Restaurant Week. The popular promotion, one of the rites of September, is moving to early August this year. It's now on the calendar for Aug. 2-7 and Aug. 9-14. September is pretty much a challenge: a late Labor Day (Sept. 7), followed a week... Read more

Chef Eli Kulp makes partner

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:37 AM
Not even three years since he arrived in Philly from New York City, chef Eli Kulp has been made a partner at Old City's Fork and High Street on Market. Kulp has been a partner at High Street Hospitality Group, which oversees restaurant operations at and bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square. Roberto... Read more
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